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 Iraqi Kurd women show their fingers after voting at a polling station during Kurdistan independence referendum in Erbil, Kurdistan region in northern Iraq on Monday. Photograph: Mohamed Messara/EPA

Voters in Iraq’s northern Kurdistan region poured into polling stations to cast their ballots in the controversial referendum on independence on Monda(...)

Turkish protestors hold Turkish and Turkmen flags as they shout slogans against Kirkuk for taking part in the Kurdish referendum during a demonstration in Istanbul, Turkey on Sunday. Photograph: Erdem Sahin/EPA

Iran halted flights to and from Kurdish regions in northern Iraq yesterday in retaliation to a plan by the autonomous Kurdistan Regional Government (K(...)

Shoppers at the al-Qaysareyah market in Kirkuk, Iraq, ahead of the Kurdish independence vote. Photograph: Ivor Prickett/The New York Times

Iraqi Kurds are expected to vote for independence in Monday’s referendum, despite fierce opposition to the ballot from Baghdad and regional and intern(...)

Al-Ayadieh village, the last remaining active front line near Tal Afar, during an operation to retake the city from Islamic State. Photograph: Ahmad al-Rubaye/AFP/Getty Images

Politics impinges on all fronts in the campaign to oust Islamic State from Lebanon, Syria and Iraq. All parties involved have their own agendas, which(...)

Displaced Iraqi women rest in the desert as they wait to be transported in western Mosul, Iraq. Photograph: Reuters/Zohra Bensemra

The defeat of Islamic State in Mosul will be a hollow victory if the Shia fundamentalist government fails to win hearts and minds of the city’s Sunni,(...)

Iraqi Army soldiers   celebrate  gains   against Islamic State militants   in the Old City of Mosul, Iraq, on Sunday. Photograph: Felipe Dana/AP

Three years ago, a black-clad cleric named Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi ascended a mosque pulpit in the Iraqi city of Mosul and addressed the world as leader (...)

Kirkuk provincial governor Najim al-Din Karim raises the Iraqi flag to fly next to the Kurdish flag over a government building in the northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk Tuesday. Photograph: Marwan Ibrahim/AFP/Getty Images

The Turkish government has warned officials in the Iraqi province of Kirkuk against flying the Kurdish regional banner alongside Iraq’s national flag (...)

Displaced people in Mosul flee Islamic State on Tuesday. A defeat of the jihadists could trigger conflicts between the forces now attacking it. Photograph: Thaier Al-Sudani/Reuters

Offensives against Islamic State in Mosul in northern Iraq and Raqqa in north-central Syria have sown potentially explosive conflicts between forces b(...)

Men are held by Iraqi national security agents, to be interrogated at a checkpoint, as oil fields burn in Qayara, south of Mosul on Saturday. Twin attacks in Tikrit and Samarra  killed 21 people on Sunday. Photograph: Felipe Dana/AP

Suicide bombers driving ambulances packed with explosives detonated their vehicles at a checkpoint and a car park for Shia pilgrims in two Iraqi citi(...)

An Iraqi special forces soldier looks inside the entrance of a tunnel used by Islamic State militants in a restaurant in Bazwaya, east of Mosul, on Thursday. Photograph: Zohra Bensemra/Reuters

Since Iraqi and Kurdish forces began their mid-October campaign to liberate the northern Iraqi city of Mosul from Islamic State, the jihadis have res(...)

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